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2nd Sun C
Sunday 20th January 2019


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The Gospel Paraphrased

There are many fine translations of the Gospels readily available.  This paraphrase is not meant to replace them.  Rather the intention here is to offer a more contemporary rendering so that you can imaginatively translate the Gospel into your own situation.

This Sunday's Gospel Paraphrased

Jn 2: 1-12

On the third day, there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, how does that concern us? My time hasn’t yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever he tells to you, do it!’

Now there were six stone water containers there that were used for ritual purification, each holding about 40 litres. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the containers with water,’ and they filled them right up to the brim. ‘Now take some out and serve it to the Master of Ceremonies and they did this. Now when the MC tasted it, it was wine, but he didn’t know what had happened, though the servants did. He then commended the bridegroom, ‘Everyone serves the best wine first, so that when all are a bit full, they won’t notice the poorer wine, but you, you have kept the best wine till now!’

This was the first of the signs that Jesus did, at Cana in Galilee. In it, Jesus revealed his glory and his disciples believed in him. After this, Jesus went down to Capernaum, he with his mother, brothers and disciples and they stayed there for a few days.

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